The first days of Summ… er Winter ;)

Have you ever walked around with a grin that just won’t leave and an unfaltering positive attitude?  Ever since I started teaching in 2008 I’ve had the good fortune of long vacations and a smile glued to my face on the first day of each one.  I love teaching (I’m even getting my masters in it) Read More …

My old hagwon closed!

You may have heard about my awful first 6 months in Korea with CPIS.  I arrived and started working within 12 hours only to find out the “school” that hired me was a huge web of lies.  We had issues with paychecks, health insurance, eviction notices, incompetent administration and just about every issue that you hear Read More …

1 year anniversary, wait what?

365 days ago I landed at Incheon International Airport and immediately began one of the biggest changes in my life.  In spite of some difficult times I’ve had an incredible experience full of adventures. So I guess its no surprise that this year living in South Korea has flown by!   Sitting down to start writing Read More …

CPIS’s hagwon atrocity continues

Earlier today I got this anonymous comment on my Last week at CPIS post. I wish I would have read your blog before signing a contract with CPIS! I am currently working here and find it to be the biggest group of unprofessionals to ever exist. Before I even came to Korea the school was Read More …

Overcoming an unexpected hurdle

Day two with my new 4th graders went even better than I could have planned.  I cleaned up my computer and didn’t have random pop ups in the middle of my lessons; I knew who was a girl and who was a boy and even remembered a few names!  The presentation Mike & John (my Read More …

LAST WEEK AT CPIS!

With only one week left at CPIS (my hellhole of a school) you’d think things would be winding down smoothly.  Then again nothing about the past 6 months has gone “smoothly” so why should this be any different? Between the school’s buyout and an incredibly unprofessional new director we’ve had our share of lies, surprises Read More …

Counting down the days

Two and half weeks left.  12 schooldays at my crappy little hagwon.  16 days until I am done with this place for good!  I’ve already moved about half of my things to my new apartment and just ordered my new bed!  It should be delivered this weekend which means I’ll start sleeping there soon.  Definitely Read More …

Lunar New Year at a hagwon

Happy New Year!  Okay, you’re probably thinking wtf mate?  New Years was at the BEGINNING of January.  (Don’t worry that post is coming soon too!)  Wednesday we celebrated  설날 (Seollnal), Korean New Year, which follows the Lunar calendar just like the Chinese New Year.  I called it Chinese New Year a few times and offended a Read More …

Half a paycheck, still no pension

Payday should be on the 5th of every month.  We accepted that we wouldn’t get it before our week off so thought the paychecks would be deposited the day of our return on January 6th.  Wrong.  Today is Friday and this whole week we’ve been working without pay, and have gotten zero answers about our Read More …

Its a Hagwon Life part 2

Its been about a month since I accepted the new job but I still have another two before I can leave my Hagwon.  Things here continue to spiral downwards and reinforce my decision to leave as soon as possible.  I’ve collected a few anecdotes over the last weeks to illustrate how things have continued to deteriorate.  Read Read More …